This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “once.”
Once upon a time there was a world where crowds gathered in restaurants and theatres, where large family gatherings were normal, and where face masks were for Halloween.
Once upon a time we could play music together and run camps for young people, and there was no need to worry about how close someone else was standing.
Once upon a time we could gather for church and sing together.
Once upon a time we could hug…
Was it really only a year ago that it was possible to do all those things? In some ways it seems like a fairytale.
Before this gets too gloomy, let me share a fantastic video that came to mind when I saw this week’s prompt. The Marsh Family have used their lockdown time well by entertaining the nation with their take on some classic songs. This is their version of “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” or rather “Totally Fixed Where We Are.”
“Once upon a time we could travel abroad; now we barely get in the car.
There’s nothing we can do. We’re totally fixed where we are.”
It’s easy to look back on the “good old days” and become despondent about our current situation, but fortunately some Bible verses also come to mind, reminding us of the wonderful blessings that we once didn’t have.
“Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.” (1 Peter 2:10 NLT)
“You…were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.” (Colossians 1:21-22 NLT)
“Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ.” (Ephesians 2:13 NLT)
In this time when so many of us are desperately longing for normality, these truths don’t take that away, but they do provide a reminder that maybe the present isn’t so bad after all. In a lot of ways things are much better than they once were, and there are still reasons to be thankful.